I've always thought of the Junction as Roncesvalles older (and cooler) cousin, where you can get both a manicure for your dog and a hot hamburger sandwich with mashed potatoes for like $6. And the Junction's 3030 is one of the best bars in the city for people who neither need their bar experience to include ingesting Jagermeister without a glass nor require a $17 Manhattan with homemade bitters.
What's a show here like? Terrific. Similar to your high school gymnasium, 3030 simply employs a large curtain to separate the expansive bar in half. But since the bar is 3030, the two spaces are still bigger than one normal space — not to mention that each side has its own bar. Despite the cavernous cement surroundings, the acoustics are excellent. The raised stage is enormous, which calls for larger acts but a solo artist with presence is able to make it work. Still fairly new to the scene, 3030 already offers some excellent programing including live music and DJs.
Flavour of the Month: Indian chicken wings
3030’s butter chicken wings, served with mango chutney and raita, pack all the punchy flavour of the Anglo-Indian classic. $5. 3030 Dundas St. W., 416-769-5736.
Function at the Junction
3030 has everything you need for an awesome Oktoberfest celebration – a fabulous wallet-friendly menu and a passion for beer.